The missing piece in the health puzzle

Let us in: Traditional healers say they have a role to play
Let us in: Traditional healers say they have a role to play

From their hallowed societal positions in centuries past, the advent of Western medicine has relegated traditional healers to the darker recesses of the health care industry. Slighted, the traditional healers are, however, still fighting for mainstream relevance and recognition, as Mmegi writers, MPHO MOKWAPE and NNASARETHA KGAMANYANE discover

Some years ago, a local traditional healer, Lesegolame Semathu, referred one of his patients to Princess Marina Hospital for assistance. Semathu, who is the Ngaka Association chairman and a member of the Traditional Doctors Association, had tried all types of remedies on his patient to little avail.

“When my patient came to me, his condition was very critical and I couldn’t get rid of it. I was able to identify his sickness, but because he had low fluids (water), I referred him to the hospital where I indicated in the referral letter that he had to be given a water drip and then come back to me so that I could continue helping him regain his health,” Semathu says.

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